Women’s History Month: Detective Beth Sanborn

This year, for Women’s History Month, we’re honoring our staff members and female MDT Partners who are truly making a difference in their field.

Please meet Detective Beth Sanborn!

  • # of years in this field:

    • 24 (almost 25) years with Lower Gwynedd Police. The last 7 years as School Resource Officer (SRO), tasked with our juvenile caseload.

  • This year’s theme for Women’s History Month is “Providing healing and Promoting Hope.” How do you provide healing and/or promote hope in your line of work?

    • When you work with kids, you are in the unique position to positively impact a child’s life with every interaction you have. I let kids know that I see them. That they are seen. I make eye contact, I smile, I talk with them, I learn their likes, dislikes, and passions. I am a cheerleader for kids and want to encourage them toward their definition of success. I build appropriate relationships through small acts of kindness and repeated positive interactions. It’s knowing how your language, tone, and non-verbal gestures can be perceived, and addressing people with respect.

  • What sparked your interest in this field?/ What led you to pursue a career in law enforcement?

    • I always knew I wanted to help people. I learned that policework doesn’t always afford me that ability, so I changed my mindset; instead I wake up every day with the goal of making 1 person’s day better because they encountered me. By having a good heart and a clear mind, I am best able to assist those in my community depending on what their needs in that moment.

  • Is there another female in this field who inspired you, or has been a mentor to you?

    • In the mid 1990s I was an intern with Springfield police (MontCo), so Denise Hoisington and Sandy Brock were the first to encourage me on!

  • If you could give your younger self any advice, what would it be?

    • Do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason. Don’t just act ethically but appear ethical as well.

  • What advice would you have for another female considering a career in law enforcement?

    • The secret is to be dependable, reliable, driven to work, and competent. Establish yourself as a “go to” person. If the supervisor needs something done, offer you get it done, then DO IT! Don’t shy away from work, don’t expect special treatment, don’t expect anything to be given to you. Work for it, earn it, then reap the benefits of a stellar reputation, and continue that work ethic and mindset.